Advancing Egypt's manufacturing sector through entrepreneurship

About MADE Program

The Manufacturing Advancement and Development in Egypt (MADE) program was launched in 2022 in partnership with GIZ Egypt. It is a pre-incubation and incubation program for future entrepreneurs to work together on developing innovative solutions for the manufacturing sector in Egypt. The aim of the program is to identify students and recent graduates who have innovative ideas for the industry and to support them in making their solutions viable and marketable in practice. 

The program kicks off with a national open call for applications where 25 teams in each cohort will be selected to join a pitch training and competition, the program’s first stage. Eight teams will then be selected to participate in the second stage, a three-month pre-incubator, where they receive a comprehensive training program to validate their solution and structure a prototype for implementation. Following that, three teams will be selected to join the final stage, a six-month incubation period, where they will receive the resources needed to create a minimum viable product (MVP) from their concepts and prepare for its commercialization.

The program’s first edition is supporting a cohort of entrepreneurs providing solutions in the Energy track (challenges related to energy efficiency). The second edition is supporting a cohort of entrepreneurs providing solutions in the Water track (challenges related to water systems). The third edition is supporting a cohort of entrepreneurs providing solutions in the the Food track (challenges related to food security and agriculture). 

Want to learn more about each track and the challenges it tackles? Check out the track pages below.

Idea Competition

The Idea Competition is the first phase of the program. It takes place at the Startup Haus Cairo, enpact’s hub in North Africa. Before the competition day, the 25 participants from each track receive online training on the fundamentals of prototyping and pitching in preparation for presenting their ideas to a jury of experts in manufacturing and business.

3-months Pre-incubation

This phase of the program takes place with 8 winning teams, selected through the idea competition. It will provide you the opportunity to connect with and learn from experts in the industry by joining a comprehensive training program. With access to workstations and makerspaces, you will also be able to develop your first prototype.

6-months of Incubation Scholarship

This phase paves the way for developing MVPs and getting ready to build a business. You will receive a monthly support package valued at 550 EUR per team member, along with a six-month training program, dedicated mentoring, and access to tailored technical resources depending on the team size and team needs.

MADE Program has been developed by the non-profit organization enpact and is implemented in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Egypt, within the framework of the Private Sector Development and Innovation (PSI) program, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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